Could this be America’s most prolific serial killer?

Long Lunch 22/11/2018
Samuel Little has confessed to 90 murders. Photo: Getty.

A convicted murderer in the United States has finally given his confession, only to claim that he is responsible for over 90 murders in his lifetime.

Samuel Little has already been given three life sentences for the murders of three women between 1987 and 1989, the Washington Post reports.

Historically, the 78-year-old killer has said very little about his crimes. He remained largely under-the-radar for violent affairs throughout his life, with 26 arrests in 11 states between 1957 and 1975 for charges ranging from shoplifting to fraud.

They have no reason to doubt him.

In 2014, three cold cases were connected, rather miraculously, to Little’s DNA. His was sentenced to life in prison for each of the previously unsolved murders, all which occurred in the 1980s.

But when his DNA connected him to another unsolved murder in 2017, he was indicted on a  charge in the crime and transferred to Texas.

It was there that he struck up a lengthy conversation with Texas Ranger named James Holland.

“People for years have been trying to get a confession out of him, and James Holland is the one who finally got him to give that information,” Bobby Bland, the Ector County district attorney, told the Associated Press.

Little told Mr Holland that he was responsible for over 90 murders dating back as far as 1970 and as recently as 2013.

And police, so far, believe him.

“They have no reason to doubt him. He’s given them correct information so far,” said Washington Post writer Kyle Swenson.

Law enforcement officials had already linked him to nine murders in five states since he was moved to Texas last year. But since the confession, police have linked Little to 30 unsolved crimes.

If all 90 murders are linked to Little, it will make him the deadliest serial killer in the country’s history.

As the evidence stacks up, Little’s violent record trails just behind that Utah serial killer Gary Ridgway, who was responsible for the slayings of at least 49 proven victims. The 69-year-old confessed to at least 71 murders from 1982 to 2001, when he was eventually caught and sentenced to life in prison. 

Mr Swenson, who has worked extensively on the story, says the next question will be whether the states involved will bring criminal charges upon Little.

“Witnesses have died, evidence has been misplaced, memories are tattered at this point.

“So the only reason we know, conclusively, is because Little has started talking.”

Listen to the full interview with Kyle Swenson above.

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